Health Matters Category
Our research has told us that Islanders have concerns over the costs and accessibility of healthcare in Jersey. We all need the assistance of GPs, dentists or secondary care, in hospital, at some point and we hope to guide you on how you can best access the services available, to keep you and your family healthy.
Macular Week: 25th June – July 1st
- Have your eyes checked at least every 2 years. Your optician could pick up early warning signs of eye conditions even if you haven’t noticed any change to your sight. Early detection could prevent serious damage to your vision.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle for healthy eyes:
*Don’t smoke – there is a strong link between smoking and several sight problems. The link between Age-Related Macular Degeneration (the most common eye condition in the Developed World) and smoking is as strong as that between smoking and lung cancer.
*Take some form of regular exercise as this can reduce your risk of AMD by 70%.
* A diet low in saturated fats and rich in leafy green vegetables could delay the progression of cataracts and AMD. Colourful fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish could prevent, or slow down the progress, of some eye conditions.
*Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, a condition which can lead to sight loss.
- Protect your eyes from harmful ultra-violet rays by wearing sunglasses outside as this can help prevent cataracts and other eye problems.
- Wear safety goggles to guard against injury when working with tools or participating in active sports.
- When using a screen give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by focusing on something further away for around 20 seconds.
EYECAN: supporting islanders to have healthy eyes – enabling islanders whose sight is impaired.
Contact EYECAN: Tel: 864689 / or visit: www.eyecan.je
The Summer Holidays are fast approaching …
The effectiveness of water – resistant product SPF 30 could drop to SPF 15 after a swim. Plus towel drying is also likely to rub off sunscreen.
This is an indication of how long sunscreen protects against ultraviolet radiation that’s linked to skin cancer and is the main cause of sunburn (UVB)
The SPF number doesn’t relate to the amount of protection a product provides it relates to time from when YOU step into the sunshine, depending on your own skin type – if an SPF30 product is applied correctly it will protect you for 30 times longer than if you wore no sunscreen. The clock doesn’t get reset each time you reapply the time is set for the day and if you don’t apply enough it will not provide its full SPF.
Cancer Research UK says it’s all about ‘How well you put it on’ for example
Most people under-apply sunscreens, using ¼ to ½ the amount required. Using half the required amount of sunscreen only provides the square root of the SPF. So, a half application of an SPF 30 sunscreen only provides an effective SPF of 5.5!
Seeing your Doctor?
Here are a few tips…to make the most of your time with your Doctor
Be Prepared…lists will always help and read them out at the start of your appointment. This helps the doctor to see the whole picture and to avoid leaving the embarrassing ailment until you are about to leave.
Try to pre-empt your doctor’s routine questions, prepare answers for: ‘how long has it been going on? Have you had it before and has anyone in the family had the same thing? And be specific and upfront about your history.
A symptom diary can help; these are helpful for tracking times when symptoms hit.
Your doctor may ask you to return to discuss one of your problems – it maybe that he or she feels that it deserves more time and a more detailed evaluation. A repeat visit will almost certainly incur a further charge.
Are you eligible for the Pension Plus Scheme?
If you are 65 or over, you may be eligible for the Pension Plus scheme which helps with the costs of looking after teeth, feet and eyes. It is funded and administered by the Social Security Department and replaces the 65+ Health Plan. You can join the scheme if you are 65 or over; if you do not pay Income Tax because your income is below the relevant tax limits; if you are resident and have lived in Jersey at some point for a period of five years; and if you have assets below a set limit. Your home is not included in any consideration of assets, and there is no membership fee.
Members of the scheme have their appointments paid for directly, up to set the limits, at the time of the dentist, optician or chiropodist visit. They do not have to claim any money back. Included in the benefit are allowances for dental treatment and towards the cost of glasses or lenses.
For more information and to apply, contact:
Carers Support Service – Jersey Online Directory (JOD)
To strengthen our commitment to Health and Social Services, the Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau made a successful bid for the Carers Support Service. To some degree this helps form the changes to the way health services are delivered through the H&SS white paper, part of which is the provision of a ‘Citizens Portal’ or online directory, to enable everyone to have easy access to care services and support, tailored to their specific needs.Read More